The symbol of the Swastika and its 12,000-year-old history

The swastika is a symbol used by of one of the most hated men on Earth, a symbol that represents the slaughter of millions of people and one of the most destructive wars on Earth.  But Adolf Hitler was not the first to use this symbol. In fact, it was used as a powerful symbol thousands of years before him, across many cultures and continents.

For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance - on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. It was also used in Ancient Greece and can be found in the remains of the ancient city of Troy, which existed 4,000 years ago. The ancient Druids and the Celts also used the symbol, reflected in many artefacts that have been discovered. It was used by Nordic tribes and even early Christians used the Swastika as one of their symbols, including the Teutonic Knights, a German medieval military order, which became a purely religious Catholic Order. But why is this symbol so important and why did Adolf Hitler decide to use it?

The word ‘swastika’ is a Sanskrit word (‘svasktika’) meaning ‘It is’, ‘Well Being’, ‘Good Existence, and ‘Good Luck’. However, it is also known by different names in different countries - like ‘Wan’ in China, ‘Manji’ in Japan, ‘Fylfot’ in England, ‘Hakenkreuz’ in Germany and ‘Tetraskelion’ or ‘Tetragammadion’ in Greece.

Swastika - Positive and Negative ShapesA Sanskrit scholar P. R. Sarkar in 1979 said that the deeper meaning of the word is ‘Permanent Victory’. He also said that as any symbol it can have positive and negative meaning depending on how it is drawn. So in Hinduism, the right-hand swastika is a symbol of the God Vishnu and the Sun, while the left-hand swastika is a symbol of Kali and Magic. The double meaning of symbols is common in ancient traditions, like for example the symbol of the pentagram (five pointed star), which is viewed as negative when pointing downwards, and positive when pointing upwards.

Mezine SwastikaThe earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine, which dates an incredible 12,000 years, and one of the earliest cultures that are known to have used the Swastika was a Neolithic culture in Southern Europe, in the area that is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca Culture, which dates back around 8,000 years.

In Buddhism, the swastika is a symbol of good fortune, prosperity, abundance and eternity. It is directly related to Buddha and can be found carved on statues on the soles of his feet and on his heart.  It is said that it contains Buddha’s mind.

Lalibela SwastikaOn the walls of the Christian catacombs in Rome, the symbol of the Swastika appears next to the words “ZOTIKO ZOTIKO” which means “Life of Life”. It can also be found on the window openings of the mysterious Lalibela Rock churches of Ethiopia, and in various other churches around the world.


Navaho - SwastikaIn Nordic Myths , Odin is represented passing through space as a whirling disk or swastika looking down through all worlds. In North America, the swastika was used by the Navajos. In Ancient Greece, Pythagoras used the Swastika under the name ‘Tetraktys’ and it was a symbol linking heaven and earth, with the right arm pointing to heaven and its left arm pointing to Earth.

It has been used by the Phoenicians as a symbol of the Sun and it was a sacred symbol used by the priestesses.

Swastica - Phoenicians

The swastika, the Phoenician sun symbol, on the Phoenician Craig-Narget stone in Scotland, and on the robe of a Phoenician high priestess. ( Source)

How and why did so many diverse countries and cultures, across many eras, use the same symbol and apparently with the same meaning?   

It is ironic, and unfortunate, that a symbol of life and eternity that was considered sacred for thousands of years has become a symbol of hatred.

Featured Image: Ancient Roman Mosaics in Villa Romana La Olmeda (Wikipedia)

By John Black

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So true! I recently watched a doco called 'the greatest story never told' that showed WW2 from the Germans perspective and how they tried everything to break from the Jewish bankers, for 12 years they succeeded but then war was forced upon them - hitler was a humanitarian choosing to release 300k British soldiers, also the gas chambers are a false myth churchills war book has no mention of gassings! The firebombing rape and murder of German civilians post WW2 and the farcical nuremberg rials based on hearsay and forced testemony set our world on a pro Jewish privilege course that is ending in the destruction of EUROPE.

Sorry, I can't specifically address the issues of the jewish bankers but I can speak to the B.S of Hitler being humanitarian. My Father and uncle were assigned to the military units that liberated Dachau and Buchenwald. The conditions in the camps especially the railroad cars loaded with decomposing bodies of those starved and killed through experiments on the prisoners cause such revulsion that the US troops (my father included) machine gunned the german guards and officers to death when captured. My father and uncle rarely spoke of what they saw but my father said that seeing the few prisoners that lived was like looking into a kennel that contained dogs who had been starved to death with only enough life left in them to lick the hand of the rescuer before dying. The BS documentaries have to deny to try to regain any semblance of humanity for those they lie to protect....

Thank you Michael, I was struggling to find words. Stupidity and wilful ignorance is fine but on this subject it is evil. Nearly 60 million people died as a result of the psychopathy of one man, most of them in the most brutal and cruel of circumstances. I doubt the writer would have lasted 30 seconds in a Nazi concentration camp. Early in the war a group of British psychologists wrote, just as an exercise, a profile of Hitler. They proved to absolutely prescient. They predicted that as soon as the going got tough Hitler, who had no real courage, and more seriously no core identity would dissappear from view as soon as the going got tough. This is exactly what happened. He retreated into a dream world of architectual fantasy. He committed suicide but more significantly he gave orders that Germany be destroyed as the German's themselves had failed him and were not worthy of survival. You need to wake up to yourself because people like you with opinions like yours who refuse to deal with reality could easily plunge the world into another conflagation.

Sure. Hitler was such a humanitarian. That is why neo-nazis and all of his followers are so tolerant and do such great humanitarian work today!

That number, 14 million, is a bit misleading. The actual count varies and depends on which part of the world you get your numbers. The "official" worldwide total, if you include civilian dead is around 60 million. However, in China alone, some estimates of civilian deaths is more than 50 million. Put together, we are talking well over 100 million. How many of these deaths is Hitler responsible for? That number too is open for debate. But it certainly is NOT just 14 million. In the Soviet Union, total dead is at least 24 million.

I wonder, where did you get that number, 14 million, from? It certainly is not in any of the history books I've read.

Mao Zedong killed an estimated 60 million from 1949 to 1976. So, by comparison, Hitler was little more than a choirboy.

By the way you write you sound like a "Christian"; rude, arrogant, belligerent and most of all, self-righteous. But cheers anyway, Pilgrim.


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